The Catherine Wheel (album)

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The Catherine Wheel
Soundtrack album by David Byrne
Released December 1981 (1981-12)
(See release history)
Genre Art rock, worldbeat
Length 68:53
Label Sire
Producer David Byrne
David Byrne chronology
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
(1981)
The Catherine Wheel
(1981)
Music for "The Knee Plays"
(1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Catherine Wheel is David Byrne's musical score commissioned by Twyla Tharp for her dance project. The Catherine Wheel premiered September 22, 1981, at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

The tracks "Big Blue Plymouth", "My Big Hands", "Big Business", and "What a Day That Was", were performed live by Talking Heads in 1982 and 1983; the latter two appear in their Stop Making Sense film, and "What a Day That Was" appears on the album.

Track listing[edit]

LP track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Byrne, except as indicated.

Side one
  1. "His Wife Refused" – 4:26
  2. "Two Soldiers" (music: Byrne, Brian Eno) – 4:45
  3. "The Red House" – 3:17
  4. "My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)" – 2:45
  5. "Big Business" (lyrics: Byrne, music: Byrne, John Chernoff) – 5:16
Side two
  1. "Eggs in a Briar Patch" – 3:31
  2. "Poison" – 2:38
  3. "Cloud Chamber" – 2:42
  4. "What a Day That Was" – 5:32
  5. "Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)" – 4:45
  6. "Light Bath" – 1:08

Cassette and CD track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Byrne, except as indicated.

  1. "Light Bath" – 1:09
  2. "His Wife Refused" – 4:31
  3. "Ade" (music: Byrne, Eno)  – 3:22
  4. "Walking" (music: Byrne, John Chernoff)  – 0:52
  5. "Two Soldiers" (music: Byrne, Brian Eno)  – 3:31
  6. "Under the Mountain" – 0:53
  7. "Dinosaur" – 2:36
  8. "The Red House" – 3:17
  9. "Wheezing" – 3:12
  10. "Eggs in a Briar Patch" – 3:31
  11. "Poison" – 2:31
  12. "Cloud Chamber" – 2:50
  13. "Black Flag" – 2:29
  14. "My Big Hands (Fall Through the Cracks)" – 2:46
  15. "Combat" (music: Byrne, Chernoff)  – 2:45
  16. "Leg Bells" (lyrics: Byrne, music: Byrne, Chernoff)  – 2:40
  17. "The Blue Flame" – 3:25
  18. "Big Business" (lyrics: Byrne, music: Byrne, Chernoff)  – 5:06
  19. "Dense Beasts" – 3:11
  20. "Five Golden Sections" – 2:53
  21. "What a Day That Was" – 5:30
  22. "Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)" – 4:43
  23. "Light Bath" – 1:10

Personnel[edit]

"His Wife Refused"
"Two Soldiers"
  • Adrian Belew – guitars
  • David Byrne – basses, guitar, OBX, primetime
  • John Chernoff – congas
  • Brian Eno – bass, piano
  • Yogi Horton – drums
"The Red House"
  • David Byrne – basses, guitars, prophet
  • Brian Eno – prophet scream
  • Yogi Horton – drums
"My Big Hands"
  • David Byrne – vocals, bass, guitars, percussion, prophet
  • Yogi Horton – drums
"Big Business"
  • David Byrne – vocals, bass, fierce and high guitars
  • John Chernoff – galloping guitar
  • Bernie Worrell – clavinet
"Eggs in a Briar Patch"
  • Adrian Belew – floating guitars
  • David Byrne – guitars, horses
  • John Chernoff – gung gong
  • Brian Eno – bass, vibes
  • Jerry Harrison – clavinet
  • Yogi Horton – drums
"Poison"
  • David Byrne – vocals, bass, guitars, mini synthesizer, prophet strings
  • Dolette McDonald – vocals
"Cloud Chamber"
  • David Byrne – kitchen metals
  • Jerry Harrison – large drum
  • Twyla Tharp – water pot
"What a Day That Was"
"Big Blue Plymouth"
  • David Byrne – vocals, guitars
  • Sue Halloran – vocals
  • Yogi Horton – concert toms, drums
"Light Bath"
  • David Byrne – triggered flutes
  • John Chernoff – percussion

CD credits[edit]

  • Adrian Belew – electric guitar, steel guitar, sound effects, steel drums, beats
  • David Byrne – synthesizer, bass guitar, flute, guitar, piano, sound effects, vocals, clavinet, Prophet synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer
  • John Chernoff – guitar, percussion, piano, conga, gung gong, drums
  • John Cooksey – drums
  • Brian Eno – bass guitar, guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals, vibraphone, Prophet synthesizer, screams
  • Doug Gray – double bell euphonium
  • Sue Halloran – vocals
  • Jerry Harrison – organ, drums, clavinet
  • Richard Horowitz – ney
  • Yogi Horton – drums, concert toms
  • Dolette McDonald – vocals
  • Steve Scales – percussion, conga
  • Bernie Worrell – synthesizer, piano, keyboards, clavinet, Moog synthesizer

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Pop Albums 104[citation needed]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide 1981 Warner Bros. LP 3645
Sire Cassette tape M5S-3645
1987 Luaka Bop CD 3645
1990 Warner Bros. Cassette tape 3645
CD

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